World must prepare for ‘potential pandemic’: WHO chief

first_imgThe World Health Organization chief on Monday warned countries to prepare for a “potential pandemic” of new coronavirus, calling the sudden increase in cases in Iran, Italy and South Korea “deeply concerning”.Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also said, however, that a WHO joint mission to China that concluded on Monday found that the virus there “peaked” between January 23 and February 2 “and has been declining steadily since then”.”This virus can be contained. Indeed there are many countries that have done exactly that,” he said, crediting the measures taken by China to lock down several cities for helping to prevent an even bigger spread. The virus, first detected at the end of December, has killed more than 2,600 people so far — mostly in China.The WHO has declared it a global health emergency but has stopped short of calling it a global pandemic.”For the moment we are not witnessing the uncontained global spread of this virus and we are not witnessing large-scale deaths,” Tedros told reporters in Geneva.He added, however, that countries should be “doing everything we can to prepare for a potential pandemic. “What we see are epidemics in different parts of the world affecting countries in different ways and requiring a tailored response,” he said.Michael Ryan, head of WHO’s health emergencies programme, said a WHO team had arrived in Italy on Monday and another was expected in Iran on Tuesday.Ryan also cautioned over the apparent high mortality rate in Iran, where the government has reported 64 infections and 12 deaths, saying that “we may only be detecting severe cases”.He said “the virus may have been there longer than we had previously suspected”, adding that transmission might have occurred through events such as religious festivals.Topics :last_img read more

Jens Lehmann recalls the time Arsene Wenger grappled with Sir Alex Ferguson in Old Trafford tunnel

first_imgArsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson were rivals for over a decade (Picture: Getty)Arsenal hero Jens Lehmann has recalled the moment that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger squared up to Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson in the Old Trafford tunnel.The Gunners took a vital early step towards their Invincible season in 2003 when they claimed a 0-0 draw at the Theatre of Dreams in just the sixth game of the season,Ruud van Nistelrooy had the opportunity to grab all three points for United in injury time but he saw his effort from the penalty spot cannon off the crossbar.That miss, of course, resulted in the now infamous Battle of Old Trafford with all 22 players involved in a brawl on the pitch at the final whistle.ADVERTISEMENT Wenger left Arsenal in 2018 (Picture: Getty)‘He grabbed him and each of them were very angry with each other and almost started to fight with each other.‘It wasn’t about me or the players it was more about the manager.‘I came in late and I remember that there were two crowds of people confront each other and I spilt some of my water onto them, accidentally of course.‘It was funny to watch, I wasn’t involved. You always expect me to be involved but I wasn’t in this situation.‘We were talking (on the Monday at the training ground) but we were waiting for fines to be handed out and of course to United.’MORE: Jens Lehmann reveals Nike ball was to blame for Arsenal’s Champions League defeat against Chelsea Jens Lehmann recalls the time Arsene Wenger grappled with Sir Alex Ferguson in Old Trafford tunnel A brawl eruopted on the pitch (Picture: Getty) Advertisement Keown was fined for his part in the brawl (Picture: Getty)The fight continued into the tunnel, where Ferguson was famously on the end of a thrown pizza from youngster Cesc Fabregas.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, the Scot’s eventful afternoon didn’t end there according to Lehmann. The German claims that Ferguson was involved in a bust-up with Wenger in the tunnel, with the Frenchman grappling the Scot in anticipation of a fight. I remember after that game I wasn’t looking into the eyes of my teammates I was looking into the eyes of Arsene,’ Lehmann told BeIN Sports. ‘He was having Alex Ferguson at a short distance like that [clenches fist]. Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 3 May 2020 9:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShareslast_img read more

All Blacks’ Barrett brothers introduce their sister Zara, raising awareness for Down syndrome

first_imgStuff 12 August 2019Family First Comment: “People with Down syndrome need to feel loved and included.”#chooselifewww.lovethemboth.nzAll Blacks stars, the Barrett brothers, have shared the story of their 16-year-old sister Zara – a teenager who is “funny, cheeky, very honest” – and has Down syndrome.“She’s so honest, and we love that about her,” Beauden Barrett said of his little sister, who they call “Zars”.“People with Down syndrome need to feel loved and included.”The Barrett family, dairy farmers in coastal Taranaki, includes eight children all up – fellow All Black Blacks players, Scott and Jordie, two other brothers, and three sisters. They spoke to Newshub to raise awareness for the charity UpsideDowns.Down syndrome can occur in any family, regardless of history. It happens when “cells contain an extra chromosome, number 21”, according to the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association.People with Down syndrome have delays in development and learning. Speech therapy can help improve their communication skills, however this is only available through private practitioners and can cost between $4000 to $10,000 a year.UpsideDowns is an education trust that aims to help children with Down syndrome “develop their communication, confidence and independence, and the right to participate fully in society”.Beauden, told NewsHub: “Zara without speech couldn’t keep us honest, couldn’t share her views and points – and tell us how much she actually loves us and cares for us and supports us.“It is super special that she can do that. She’s so awesome and we love that about her. She calls it how she sees it and she appreciates the simple things in life.READ MORE: read more